Flooding Concerns Remain With Tropical Depression Bill

Flooding Concerns Remain With Tropical Depression Bill

Wichita Falls, TX-

All eyes are on the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. It was downgraded to a tropical depression early Wednesday morning.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Bill made landfall Tuesday at 11:55 a.m. on Matagorda Island, about 100 miles South of Houston.

Despite the storm's strength decreasing, the threat of flash flooding are still possible for many parts of North Texas.

"If we receive the brunt of it then, 'Yes. There will be some problems that we will have to deal with," said John Reese, Wichita Falls Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director.

While no official statements or plans have been released, members of the Wichita Falls Emergency Management team told Newschannel 6 they are keeping a close eye on forecast models.

The National Weather Service has the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill in the path of many North Texas towns that are still recovering from the rising waters back in May.

Last month, Wichita Falls and surrounding areas experienced its wettest month on record. The heavy rainfall ended the city's four year drought, and filled areas rivers and lakes. The once drought stricken city is now bracing to receive even more water Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

"We've been monitoring the flood gauges as we did several weeks ago," said Chief Reese. "If it goes toward East Texas then we're going to be okay. If it changes directions more to a center path, then we'll start looking at making some plans based on that."

While emergency management officials continue to monitor the situation, the Wichita Falls American Red Cross said its volunteers remain on standby.

"The rivers are full already, the lakes are full already so we're not sure what might happen if we get 5-6 inches of rain like they are calling for. We could have major flooding in town again. So our shelter teams are ready on standby if shelter is needed," said Katrina Farmer, Executive Director of the Wichita Falls Area American Red Cross.

Red Cross officials said if a shelter needed to be open because of flooding they would like used a building on Midwestern State University's campus.

, Newschannel 6